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Africa’s top Fintech Companies of 2020

These African fintech companies, OPay, PalmPay, Flutterwave and Yoco are listed on the third annual Fintech 250: Top Fintech Companies of 2020. The Fintech 250 is CB Insights’ list of the top 250 private fintech companies that leverage technology to disrupt the financial service sector.

It includes startups at different stages of development – from early-stage companies to well-funded unicorns. In the last five years, the 2020 cohort raised about US$49.2B in aggregate funding across nearly 900 deals. Grab, a Singapore-based fintech tops the list of most funds raised with US$9.7B amassed over five years.

These companies out of about 16,000 either applied or were nominated. The 250 were selected based on the data each company submitted, business models, market dominance, and Mosaic scores – CB Insight’s proprietary algorithm that measures the health and growth potential of private companies.

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OPayis the most funded company in Africa and 79th in CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list of Top 100 Most Well-fundedFintechs. It has secured US$170M investment from its parent company, Sequoia Capital, IDG Capital, Source Code Capital, Meituan Dianping, and GSR Ventures. The $170 million raised byOPayis only 1.75% of the $7.8 billion raised by Grab over the same five-year period.

PalmPay ranked 195 on the list and has raised US$40M from investors like NetEase, MediaTek, and Transsion Holdings.

South Africa’s Yoco ranked 230 on CB Insights’ list of companies that secured funds in the last 5 years. Yoco raised US$33M investment capital from its biggest investors, including Partech Partners, Greyhound Capital, QuonaCapital, FMO, and Orange Digital Ventures.

Access the full list here.

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